Law Practice Management

The Tennessee Bar Association has a variety of resources and practical information on law office management issues available to help members better serve clients and practice more efficiently and effectively.

Below you will find the Practice Management Advisor Pipes Feed, brought to you by the Law Office Technology & Management Section of the Tennessee Bar Association. "PMA Pipes" is an RSS newsfeed that was designed by the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center. It combines posts from the blogs of Practice Management Advisors from across the United States, as well as the ABA's Site-tation blog, into one convenient location. The blogs brought to you by this feed include: Law Practice Matters, Reid My Blog, Law Practice Tips, Law Practice Advisor, The Last Word, Thoughtful Legal Management, and Compujurist, among others.

Practice Management Advisor Pipes Feed

[Law Technology Today] Free Webinar: Effortless Searchability
Digital documents are abundant in modern law firms, from correspondence to evidence to forms libraries.  Navigating the maze of electronic files can mean a nightmare of inconsistent file names and indecipherable folder schemes. You can cut through many of those headaches by simply making sure your documents are searchable. In this free webinar, we’ll explore how documents from multiple disparate sources can be made fully searchable in legal practice management software. The result: based on...
[Law Technology Today] Quick Tip: Save with Online Comparison Shopping
When it comes to boosting the bottom line, firms usually focus on revenue.  Sophisticated time tracking tools are used to make sure no hour goes un-captured, while productivity improvements make attorneys more efficient and thereby free them to bill more hours or complete more flat-fee projects. But there’s another side to the equation: costs.  Firms can easily boost profitability by making smart investments in the goods and services the firm needs.  In the past, that meant spending a day...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Unbundling Legal Services The Latest Twist
In recent years I have blogged about the ethical dilemmas and potential malpractice exposure for lawyers who choose to unbundle legal services. As interested readers know, some states have “bona fide office rules” which prohibit or greatly limit operation of a virtual law practice.  While unbundling and virtual practice are not the same, they are connected and frequently co-exist. This leads me [...]
[Law Practice Advisor] Not Debatable: Everybody Wins When Lawyers Go Pro (Bono)
There’ll be two things you’ll need to know about me before we proceed: Thing 1: I was a collegiate debater.  Lincoln-Douglas was just about my style.  I was pretty good, actually.  People compared me to a young Dave Trumble, right down to an affinity for the plaid.  But, my team was even better: we were the national runner-up in 2000, losing the national championship by one point.  I’ve helped the team to the extent I’ve been able since I graduated college; and, the...
[SC Small Firm] Ransomware
A disturbing new scam is being reported by the FBI and news outlets, known as Ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malicious software (“malware”) that is infecting computers. It acts by locking or encrypting users’ data. Users see a message on their computer screen informing them that their data will be held until a ransom is paid. The price escalates for each day the ransom remains unpaid, and if the user refuses, it will be deleted. Unfortunately, this scam has already hit at least one law...
[Avoid a Claim] Seperation agreement scam by Bella Kyung
Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Bella Kyung with regards to a to a collaborative family law agreement dispute. This is a fraud we have seen before under several other names and similar scenarios. For details on how this fraud works and a full list of names attached to it see our Confirmed Fraud page. Here is the initial email: From: wwfpsh@brain.net.pk To: undisclosed-recipients:; Date: 22/10/2012 12:01 AM Subject: Counsel Dear Counsel, I wish...
[Law Technology Today] Manage the Transition to Paperless
Do you consider your law firm “paperless?” If not, understand the many benefits to working in a paperless office and how easy it is for lawyers to make the switch. Not only from a cost-savings perspective, a paperless office will save you time, encourage more efficient document management, and best of all – it’s a painless transition. Go from paper-full to paperless during the upcoming CLE program from the ABA Law Practice Management Section (LPM), How to Make Your Law Firm Paperless –...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] The Clock is Ticking! October is the Time to Report Unclaimed Funds
Are you holding unclaimed or abandoned client funds in your trust account?  If the answer is yes, October is the month to pay the funds over to the bar and send the paperwork to the Department of State Lands. What are Abandoned Funds? Pursuant to ORS 98.332, funds held by a fiduciary are deemed abandoned [...]
[Avoid a Claim] Participate in the Law Society of Upper Canada’s future of articling webcast and live discussion
The Law Society of Upper Canada just released the final report of the Articling Task Force, Pathways to the Profession: A Roadmap for the Reform of Lawyer Licensing in Ontario. This Task Force was formed to address concerns about the articling program, and in particular relating to the growing number of unplaced licensing candidates. The report outlines a various options for adapting or changing the articling process, including ending the articling requirement as we otherwise know it today....
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Time for Change in the Courts?
♫ Change Now it’s time for change Nothing stays the same No it’s time for change… ♫ Lyrics and Music by Nikki Sixx, Donna McDaniel, recorded by Mötley Crüe. On Oct 24-25, the second Canadian Forum on Court Technology will be held in Montreal. The challenge that this forum will be facing is how to bring about meaningful change to a dispute resolution process that has been resistant to change. Of course, the voices demanding increased access to justice and responsiveness to the needs...